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The Economic Times | By Prachi Verma, ET Bureau | Jul 05, 2016 |

NEW DELHI: Flying in the face of a ministry of human resources development (MHRD) ranking of national engineering colleges that placed IIT Madras at the top, more than 60% of the top 1,000 rankers of JEE Advanced 2016 have chosen IIT Bombay, DELHI, Kanpur and Kharagpur.  IIT Madras ranks at number 5 for the top rankers in the JEE Advanced with only 103 takers.  Last year too, 103 students opted for IIT Madras among the top 1,000 rankers.  The MHRD under its National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) first carried out the ranking in four categories — engineering, management, pharmacy and university — this April.  More than 3,500 institutes had participated in this edition, the process for which started in December 2015. The objective of the ranking is to facilitate choice and enable higher education stakeholders to make informed decisions.

However, the National Ranking Framework ranking has had no impact on the choice of institute among the top 1000 rankers. Around 262 of these opted for IIT Bombay this year (compared to 272 last year), 196 have chosen IIT Delhi (compared to 194 last year), 167 of these selected IIT Kanpur (172 last year) and 106 chose IIT Kharagpur (107 last year).  With IIT Madras at the top, the other category A engineering institutes in the National Ranking are IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur. “IIT B has been the number one choice for top rankers and this has been the trend since last eight years,” said Ashok Misra, former director of IIT Bombay and currently the Chairman-India Intellectual Ventures.  Misra, who has also been chairperson of IIT Council Committee for JEE examination, says, “ultimately it is all about the perception of students and their parents about institutes.”  A few students have also chosen new IITs including Gandhinagar, Ropar, Indore and IIT Jodhpur. Last year, none of these institutes figured in the list of top 1,000 rankers. –  Courtesy


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